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The mountain lion that mauled a Colorado runner on Monday was later devoured by other animals — possibly other mountain lions — which made it difficult for officials who later conducted a necropsy, or animal autopsy, to identify the big cat’s gender and official weight.
Ty Petersburg, a terrestrial biologist with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, told the Coloradoan the feline’s organs had been eaten just two hours after officials had received the initial call about the man, who has not yet been identified publicly, being attacked.
Wildlife - Officials - Lion - Juvenile - Year
That said, wildlife officials have estimated the lion was a juvenile, meaning it wasn’t yet fully developed. It was likely less than a year old and weighed roughly 80 pounds.
The necropsy did reveal, however, that the animal was not rabid, according to the Coloradoan, which noted the full results will be released “at a later date.”
Victim - West - Ridge - Trail - Larimer
The victim, said to be in his 30s, was attacked from behind on West Ridge Trail in the Larimer County foothills during a run. The man was bitten on his face...
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